Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Vintage shopping has revolutionized the way in which savvy fashionistas shop. But what exactly is considered vintage? Any pieces dated between the 1920 and 1980 are typically dubbed "vintage". For all of you who have never been second-hand shopping or are too scared to step foot into a vintage shop, I am here to put you at ease. Some of the best shopping experiences I've had have been at flea markets and vintage shops alike. However, you must be patient enough to sift through some junk to get to the jewels. While in Manhattan this summer, my friends and I made a little trip over to the West Side (West 39th Street and 9th Avenue to be exact) to Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. Needless to say we had a field day...tents and tents filled with the most original garments, belts, bags, jewelry, etc. You name it, they had it. Each piece has a story, and if you're lucky, the vendors will be happy to share it with you. Remember to bargain too. If you've got good bargaining skills, you'll leave with some of the greatest deals of your life. Some of our purchases included Pucci rainboots for $15, a one of a kind bamboo and metallic clutch for $20, and an Hermés scarf for $40...just to name a few. So next time you pass by a vintage shop or flea market, don't be afraid to take a look around. After all, one fashionista's trash could be your new treasure.